Sunday, February 26, 2006

Spaghetti and fish sticks

Have y'all ever noticed that spaghetti and fish sticks (or fish cakes) is almost always one of the specials at a diner? Because that just occurred to me and Mr. S recently. It's seriously on the specials board nearly every time. I'm going to start tracking it, I think.

Also: Is this something anyone actually makes in real life, like as a dish, at home? Have any of you had that for a family dinner? It strikes me as such a portmanteau leftoversy thing to serve, something you'd only have at a place where you're...already known. Is that just me?

13 comments:

zombie_housewife said...

I wonder if it's a regional thing. I've eaten at a lot of diners in Chicago and never seen it offered. We do get our meatballs served with tartar sauce, though.

Joe R. said...

You know, now that I think of it, I think I probably did have this as a kid. Like, canned Franco-American spaghetti and fish sticks. Later replaced by Mac and Cheese and fish sticks. It's important the two never touch on your plate, but yeah, I've probably had that meal on a Friday night in my youth. And, yeah, it's really gross to think about.

SaturnCat said...

I have seen it on random diner menus around this area (Northern California), but the listing is few and far between. And yeah, I may have concocted this meal on occasion, but it was only when in college, it was all I had in the house, and I needed some protein to offset all the pasta.

A.McSholty said...

I've never seen the spaghetti and fish sticks combo, but here in Southwestern Missouri, we have a frozen custard place that also serves burgers, sandwiches etc. They've developed the curious practice of putting the flavor of the day above the sandwich of the day without explaining that "Chocolate Cherry Walleye" isn't all one thing.

Melanie said...

We had a lot of Spaghetti-Os and fish sticks when I was a kid. Usually during Lent. I guess it is kind of weird, but I would never pair fish sticks with actual spaghetti, only fake spaghetti.

My sister used to mix her sauce in with the tartar sauce and I remember thinking it was so nasty, but it probably wasn't that much different than Thousand Island dressing.

Amy said...

Man, I really hate that Boston has one diner. I do love a good New York/New Jersey diner...

I do not believe I have ever had fishsticks and spaghetti together. I am of the mind that fishsticks should be dipped in ketchup, and the tomato sauce and ketchup combination is a bit too much for me to handle.

tscheese said...

I've definitely seen it here in Jersey a few times. I always saw it as a sort of...unconventional extension of shrimp parmigiana, or something. It never really bothered me.

It doesn't really sound like flavors that would conflict too horribly with one another. I like fishsticks with cocktail sauce, and I like tomatoes stuffed with tuna salad. It's like some kind of tomato-fish alliance. I'm OK with it.

Joe R. said...

"Usually during Lent. I guess it is kind of weird, but I would never pair fish sticks with actual spaghetti, only fake spaghetti."

Yeah, that's it exactly. I wonder if this was a strictly Lent thing? Like maybe back in the '50s and '60s when the Catholic Church was telling you what movies you could see, they were also printing up pamphlets on menu suggestions for Fridays during Lent?

Kona said...

The first time I ever ran into this was when I was working at a diner in the city. I...didn't understand it. Now granted, I'm a vegetarian, but I really don't think that's why that shit didn't make sense to me.

molly said...

my mom used to always make mac and cheese (out of the box!) with fish sticks. i thought that was just a normal chicago suburb meal!

bunny888 said...

I've been eating in diners in Bkly, Qns and Man for 14 years and have never seen this--and i don't know that i'd want to eat i a place that proudly listed it on the specials board...

luis said...

My mom actually had that served to her for lunch in middle and high school when she was growing up in Brooklyn. We have it at home every so often, actually buying the canned spaghetti and fish sticks intentionally to eat togethers. Its some pretty good stuff.

Jessa said...

As a child, when we were skint, I did eat fish sticks/fish cakes with angel hair pasta. We'd put chicken broth and spinach in the pasta to stretch out the meal. It's actually pretty tasty, but I probably wouldn't trust a diner version.